Miles Austin owns up to mistake on would-be TD

IRVING, Texas – It could be the play that costs the Cowboys a playoff berth.

With the Giants bringing the all-out blitz, Miles Austin runs right by cornerback Aaron Ross to get wide open up the seam. It’s an easy touchdown if Austin catches Tony Romo’s throw, essentially the knockout blow in the NFC East heavyweight fight.

But Austin never got a finger on the ball, which landed a foot or two away from him. The Cowboys punted the next snap and watched Eli Manning go to work on the game-winning drive.

For some reason, Romo has been ripped for not putting the pass on the money. That’s ridiculous. He lofted it toward the middle of the field, knowing there wasn’t a safety there, to let Austin run under it.

“I wish I would have reacted better, to be honest with you, sooner,” Austin said Friday. “Obviously, it was a missed opportunity. It was big for our team. That would have been huge for us in the game. Just gotta get better and that and continue on forward.”

Austin told Romo he lost the ball in the lights.

The Cowboys hope their season wasn’t also lost in the lights.